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Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
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Trip End Oct 02, 2005


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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

4th December 2004

Today we decided to go to the fish market down near the Anzac Bridge (or the madonna's bra bridge as we quaintly heard it called) as we were feeling a bit p@@#$D off what with the whole bed bugs episode. I had been to the docs and he gave me a course of tablets, which were working, but I still looked like a diseased peasant with the plague. FOr that reason we hadn't ventured out of the house much. The fish market is a crazy place. FOr a start they sell fish, obviously, but they also have a bottle shop (the aussie off licence) a wonderful delicatessan, and numerous sea food restaurants. We chose one of the restaurants and ordered a platter with oysters, prawns, fish, octopus, and calamari. We then sank a bottle of New Zealand Nobilo white wine which went down a treat. Sarah got her picture taken next to a pelican (that was nearly as big as her) and we generally started to feel better about things.

6th December 2004.

Today we popped into the Botanical Gardens which are situated down by the opera house. There are vast amounts of plants here and you are actively encouraged to "walk on the grass". THere are a hell of a lot of spiders dotted around the place, fortunately none are lethal, but are still big enough to put you off. We made our way down to Mrs Maquaries Point (which we ended up calling Mrs macarena's point as we had trouble pronouncing it), and saw some great views of the opera house and harbour bridge.

13th December 2004

The last few days have seen us just seeing the free sights of Sydney. With Dom and Martine flying in to see us on Boxing Day we have decided to do nothing more than walk around and see all the free sights, as well as get out bearings. We got a train out to Edgecliffe, in order to pop down to Rushcutters bay to see where the terrible twosome from Manchester would be staying, and we also decided to scout out possible New Years Eve vantage points. The hotel confirmed that the 2 of them were booked in (not a very good thing to do giving complete strangers people's details, but hey we must have looked as though we could have been trusted!) and then we set off walking. We walked through Kings Cross (strip joints and ladies of the night), through the Domain (a large open air park, more later), onto the Botanical Gardens, on to the Harbour Bridge, across it (taking time to look up and see all the little people climbing it), around the north shore where Luna Park is, before settling at Blue's Point. We had found our new years spot. We got the train back home as truth be told, we had walked miles and a big black cloud was showing itself. AS we crossed the bridge on the train, the heavans opened and it chucked it down.
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